Saints Michael Thomas and Raising Cane’s team up to donate meals to Ochsner healthcare workers

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NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 22: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints shakes hands with fans after a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Saints defeated the Titans 38-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas and Raising Cane’s are teaming up to provide 3,000 meals to frontline workers throughout the New Orleans area. The majority of the meals will be distributed to employees at Ochsner Health system facilities across the region.

“I wanted to do my part and support our frontline healthcare workers who are caring for so many in our community,” said Thomas, the 2019 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, setting the NFL’s receiving record with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. “I thought they would enjoy having some Cane’s during their shift. And I’m grateful to my friend, Todd Graves, for joining me in letting our healthcare workers know how much they are appreciated.”

“We all have a role to play in this crisis, and our healthcare workers’ role is the most important,” said Raising Cane’s Founder & CEO Todd Graves. “So when Michael called me wanting to feed healthcare workers, I matched his donation. I’m proud to call Michael a friend – his effort off the field is as admirable as it is on the field.”

Raising Cane’s Restaurants across the country have been providing meals for healthcare workers directly and through partnerships with non-profits and other groups and individuals such as Thomas. Additionally, Raising Cane’s dine-in only restaurants have shifted operations to make masks instead of chicken fingers. Staff have begun sewing three-ply cloth masks to ease the shortage at hospitals, donating thousands of masks to healthcare facilities in Southeast Louisiana and across the country.

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 500 restaurants in 27 states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.

(Press release provided by New Orleans Saints.)

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